Sunday, October 11, 2009

Book Review: Make-ahead Meals for Busy Moms, by Jane Doiron

Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
by Jane Doiron

Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (August 17, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1432720864
Rating (1 to 5 *): *****

Book Review:

Chances are, you have been guilty of having pizza delivered after a long day instead of preparing a wholesome, home-cooked meal or taking grocery store chicken to a potluck at work because you just didn’t have time to prepare anything. If you are one of those insanely organized people who always has time for everything you need to do, you probably know at least one person who just can’t seem to find the time to cook every night.

Make-ahead Meals for Busy Moms, by Jane Doiron, offers a solution for those times when you know the kiddos will be clamoring for dinner the minute you walk in from a 12-hour work day. The book is filled with recipes that can be prepared partially or completely a day, or even weeks ahead of time. Unexpected guests drop by? Luckily, you have some tasty banana bread in the freezer for just such an occasion. Need an appetizer for your best friend’s potluck baby shower? No problem, guests will drool over the bacon tomato mini cups you prepared in advance.

Make-ahead Meals for Busy Moms provides detailed, easy-to-follow recipes for new twists on old favorites like chocolate chip cookies and lasagna as well as many new ideas like cranberry lemon bread and broiled honey mustard salmon. In addition, it gives instructions for what can be prepared in advance and how to finish the dish and serve it. Also included are instructions for freezing and storing many of the dishes—make one to enjoy now and freeze the other for another time.

Jane Doiron seems to have thought of everything the busy mom (or dad!) needs to put a delicious meal on the table morning, noon or night—or to be a star at your next gathering.

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